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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00944: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the breastfeeding rate is for mothers leaving hospital after giving birth in a (a) community and (b) consultant-led maternity unit.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 25 July 2016

We do not routinely publish breastfeeding rates at discharge. However this data is collected on the Scottish Morbidity Record 02 (SMR02) submitted by maternity hospitals to Information Services Division Scotland and this data has been used to gather the information on breastfeeding rates for mothers leaving hospital after giving birth.

The three tables show the numbers and rates of women who had a live birth in Scotland and who breastfed at the time of discharge. Breastfeeding means those women exclusively breastfeeding or those that were mixed feeding (breast and formula feeding). The breastfeeding rate is calculated using only those records where ‘feed on discharge’ is known i.e. records where feeding status is either unknown or missing are excluded.

It is not possible to split all hospitals into community or consultant led, therefore, results are presented by type of maternity unit(s) in each hospital. The three groups are: Obstetric Units (or Consultant-led) only, Obstetric Units with Alongside Midwifery Units, and Freestanding Midwifery Units.

For those delivery episodes occurring in hospitals with an Obstetric Unit and an Alongside Midwifery Unit it is not possible to determine if the birth was in the obstetric or midwife led unit. For example, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is an Obstetric Unit with Alongside Midwifery Unit, it has a hospital code of S314H irrespective of the delivery taking place in the obstetric unit or the midwifery unit.

A copy of these tables has been placed in the Scottish Parliaments Reference Centre, bib 58041.